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Natural Menopause Relief Secrets

Menopause- How early is too early?

Posted in Menopause on April 5th, 2007

There are plenty of alternative treatments such as biofeedback and medical treatments, such as hormone therapy that can help a woman cope with her menopause symptoms.    However, despite the available treatments, some women don’t only worry about the symptoms of menopause; they worry about entering menopause too early.

What is considered early menopause?  Early menopause is characterized by not having your period cycle for 12 consecutive months prior to being 45 years of age.  Aside from early menopause there is also premature menopause which occurs before age 40, and is commonly known as premature ovarian failure (POF) if it occurs naturally.  POF simply means that a woman’s ovaries are malfunctioning and prematurely shutting down in her 20’s, and 30’s, decades before they naturally should.

What is the cause of early menopause?  Early menopause can occur for a number of reasons, some of which include:

• Autoimmune disorders – It is estimated that 2/3 of women who suffer from POF have autoimmune disorders; a medical condition characterized by the body’s immune system malfunctioning and attacking itself.  In the case of POF, the autoimmune disorder eventually results in the destruction of ovarian function.
• Chromosomal Irregularity – This is a hereditary condition in which a woman has a defective X chromosome.  In short, if one of a woman’s two X chromosomes is defective, it can interfere with egg production which can result in early menopause.
• Total hysterectomy or Oophorectomy – When the ovaries and uterus are surgically removed (total hysterectomy), or when only the ovaries are removed (oophorectomy) a woman is put into menopause, regardless of her age.
• Chemotherapy or radiation – Certain types of chemo and radiation treatments for cancer can damage the ovaries and put a woman in menopause right away.

Other reasons why a woman may experience early or premature menopause include:
• Ovarian damage that results from surgery
• Viral infections
• Hyperprolactinemia (Overproduction of prolactin causes amennorhea – cessation of periods)
• Thyroid disease
• Polycystic ovarian syndrome (characterized by skipped or missed period cycles)
• Cushings disease  (characterized by overactive adrenal glands and can result in amenorrhea)
• Family history

The following are the signs and symptoms of perimenopause (stage before menopause occurs) to watch for -
• Irregular periods (Skipped periods or change in duration or frequency)
• Infertility
• Vaginal dryness
• Hot flashes
• Breast tenderness
• Stress incontinence (bladder control issues)
• Restless sleep and/or insomnia
• Headaches
• Gastrointestinal upset (constipation, diarrhea, nausea, bloating etc.)
• Tingly or itchy skin
• Thinning of hair or hair loss
• Weight gain
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Moodiness
• Anxiety
• Irritability
• Low sex drive
• Mental fogginess
• Depression
• Extreme fatigue
• Emotional detachment
• Lack of concentration

How can you determine if you are experiencing early menopause?  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or others that are not listed and you suspect you may be experiencing pre-menopausal symptoms, it’s time to bring your speculations to your doctor. 

There are three main tests you can take to determine a menopause diagnosis -

1. FSH test - A follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) test is used to test a woman’s FSH levels.  If levels are high it’s a sign that the ovaries have stopped producing sufficient estrogen and could mean that the body has begun menopause. 

2. Blood test – You can ask your doctor for a blood test to determine estradiol levels.  Estradiol is a form of estrogen and the levels decrease when the ovaries begin to fail.  Therefore, low estradiol levels may be a sign of early menopause.

3. Thyroid test – A thyroid test is a good idea because many perimenopause symptoms mirror thyroid problems.  Therefore, this test will help you determine if what you are experiencing is indeed early menopause.

If you are diagnosed with early menopause, you will find that there are different treatment options to help you cope with symptoms.  Be sure to talk to you doctor about all possible treatments.

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Biofeedback vs Menopause- Is it really effective?

Posted in Menopause on March 29th, 2007

Chiropractor treatment is an alternative remedy that can be effective at providing relief from physical symptoms suffered during menopause. Although many women have success with this treatment, others have found success with another drug-free therapy known as biofeedback.

What is biofeedback?  Biofeedback is a technique that teaches an individual to consciously control their body’s involuntary responses including blood pressure, temperature, muscle contractions, heart rate and brain waves.  A person receiving biofeedback is hooked up electronically to machines so their physiological process can be monitored and relayed back to the person as a tactical, auditory, or visual signal.

How can biofeedback help women during menopause?  During menopause, women suffer from a variety of physical and emotional symptoms which are typically cased by a deficiency of estrogen and progesterone.  The following are the symptoms that biofeedback has been known to effectively help menopausal women find relief from:

• Migraines and/or headaches
• Hot flashes
• A low libido related to anxiety
• A loss of appetite related to anxiety
• High blood pressure caused by stress
• Specific types of pain and depression

How is biofeedback performed?  Patients are treated individually, so a menopausal woman will first be asked about her health and the symptoms she is experiencing.  She will then be treated based on the decision of the practitioner.

Most biofeedback sessions begin with the patient sitting in a chair.  A band that has three wired metal sensors attached to it is placed on the head and the patient is given headphones.  The headphones produce audio that sounds like static.  Each static click means that alpha waves are being emitted by the brain.  These waves are a sign of relaxation.  The quicker the static clicks, the more a patient is relaxing.

The practitioner will then analyze the patient’s level of relaxation and measure the temperature, heart rate, and muscle tension for a few minutes.  The patient will then be asked to perform a mental task that presents a challenge which will lower the temperature in the hands and raise blood pressure.  The patient will then be taken back to the original relaxation stage where they will rest for a moment before they are then asked about their emotional issues.

This is how a typical session of biofeedback is conducted, but treatment varies based on the menopausal symptom.  For instance, a number of studies have found that biofeedback has been effective at improving bladder control in some women.  During menopause, women may suffer from stress incontinence (bladder leakage).  This condition is believed to be caused from lack of estrogen.  Estrogen helps to keep the lining of the urethra and bladder strong and healthy.  Thus, lack of estrogen can weaken the bladder and reduce muscle control, resulting in a leakage of urine when the body receives pressure from coughing, sneezing or laughing.    

Biofeedback can relieve stress incontinence by helping a woman strengthen her pelvic floor muscles.  To show the woman how she needs to effectively contract her pelvic muscle to make them stronger, one end of a transvaginal sensor is inserted into the vagina and the other end is hooked up to a computer to monitor and measure muscular activity.  The computer provides instant information on which muscles require more strengthening.

How long are sessions?  Most people begin with ten sessions under the supervision of a trained practitioner.  Each session lasts one hour in length.  However, the purpose of biofeedback is to teach an individual how to control their vital functions on their own so they can effectively treat themselves to control and prevent symptoms.  Of course, knowing how to perform biofeedback takes plenty of know-how and practice.  Therefore, it is mandatory that you are taught by a professional.

If you would like to try biofeedback to treat your menopause symptoms, consult your health care provider to learn more.

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Can a Chiropractor Relieve Your Menopause Symptoms?

Posted in Menopause on March 22nd, 2007

Anxiety isn’t the only menopause symptom.  Menopause can also cause a slew of other emotional and physical symptoms including back pain and discomfort.   The good news is that menopausal women who suffer from back problems are finding relief through chiropractic medicine.

What is chiropractic medicine?  It is a treatment that assists in restoring balance, healing and energy throughout the body.  When our bodies lack balance, the hormonal and stress response system are affected.  Thus, chiropractic medicine works by alleviating pressure on the nerve roots of the spine, helping to relieve discomfort.  It detects dislocation (subluxation) and promotes correction by encouraging the function, repair, coordination and communication of the nervous system.   Chiropractic medicine is a non-invasive drug-free treatment that is performed by a chiropractor. 

How is it performed?  First of all, chiropractor treatment will vary for each patient, as different techniques may be used to help alleviate certain symptoms or health conditions.  Therefore, a chiropractor will want to know the medical history of the patient and their current health problems.  Once this information has been processed, treatment will then be provided.

Most chiropractors will use their hands to perform treatment; however, they may also use other treatment methods such as light, heat, ultrasound, electrotherapy and other special adjusting instruments.  You will also likely be provided with information regarding a personalized exercise program, nutrition and lifestyle changes that can help improve your symptoms.

Is treatment painful?  No.  Most people find chiropractic medicine to be quite relaxing.  What may be unnerving to some patients are popping sounds that joints make when they are adjusted.  This popping noise is the sound that occurs when a gas bubble between the joints pop.  It’s the same sound and feeling that happens when you crack your knuckles. 

How can a chiropractor help during menopause?  Chiropractic medicine can relieve a variety of painful and uncomfortable menopause symptoms related to estrogen deficiency including:
• Back pain
• Headaches and/or migraines
• Stress and tension
• Neck problems

Chiropractor treatment is also considered beneficial for treating the beginning stages of osteoporosis.  It is incredibly effective at restoring flexibility to joints and decreasing muscular tension and pressure on nerves.

Chiropractic treatment can provide relief fast, which is often why it is one of the most celebrated alternative remedies.  That being said, you will need more than one chiropractic treatment.  The average patient has eight annual visits, but this number will vary depending on the health concern.

Are there any risks?  It is extremely rare for complications to occur during chiropractic treatment, especially if performed by an experienced and qualified chiropractor.  Therefore, it is a low risk, non invasive therapy that is virtually safe for everyone.

How do I find a chiropractor?  Although you don’t need to be referred to a chiropractor by your doctor, it is a good idea to first consult your health care provider to find out if he/she has any recommendations.  You should also speak to others who have had chiropractor treatment to learn about their experiences and ask them about their chiropractors. 

You can find chiropractors to help treat your menopause symptoms by checking your local yellow pages, phoning your local hospital, or doing an online search with your city and “chiropractor” as the main keywords.

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Coping with Anxiety During Menopause

Posted in Menopause on March 15th, 2007

Although pregnancy isn’t a major concern for most menopausal women, anxiety can be.  In fact, anxiety is one of the most common perimenopausal and menopausal symptom.  Anxiety is something that everyone experiences during different periods in their life.  It is normal to feel anxious, nervous or worried at times, but these are feelings that should not be felt constantly or make one feel overwhelmed or trapped. 

What causes anxiety during menopause?  Menopausal women are more susceptible to anxiety due to the fact that their hormones are in a constant state of fluctuation as their body prepares to shut down its ability to reproduce.  During this time, many women suffer from depression and high stress levels.  It is believed that feelings of depression are a result of insufficient estrogen, and anxiety is often a symptom of depression.

In addition, research has found that the hormone progesterone, which also depletes during menopause, has been known to have a calming and relaxing effect on the body.  Thus, the lack of hormones are unsettling and allow for emotions that were once overlooked or produced minor anxiety, to be blown out of proportion.

Anxiety can cause emotional and physical symptoms including:
• Trembling or shaking
• Fast heartbeat
• Breathlessness
• Tight or full feeling in the chest and/or throat
• Profuse sweating, or cold and clammy hands
• Muscle tension and/or soreness
• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Fatigue
• Constant worry and feeling sad
• Lack of concentration
• Irritable
• Restless sleep

The above symptoms may be felt independently during different times, or many of them can occur suddenly, last for a period of time, and then disappear.  This sudden onslaught of anxiety is known as an anxiety attack or panic attack.  Women who experience such attacks are likely suffering from an anxiety disorder.

The severity of anxiety women experience will vary, and is usually at its worst during perimenopause.  Symptoms of anxiety tend to taper off after menopause is complete.  However, despite how anxiety may affect you, it is important to seek treatment if the anxiety you feel is debilitating or interrupting your lifestyle.

The following are 5 ways in which you can help relieve the anxiety you feel:

1. Identify and reduce the stressors in your life – Carefully analyze your life and think about what triggers your anxiety or causes you high stress.  Is it your job, your home life, or the people you work with?  Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to get things done?  Once you identify stress, you need to find ways to alleviate it.  This may mean changing jobs, getting help at home, and finding ways to free up more of your time.

2. Take time to enjoy yourself – You need to make time to relax and do things you enjoy.  Everyone needs a break.  If you don’t relax, your stress with catch up with you.  

3. Eat well – Avoid crash diets, skipping meals and eating before bed.  These eating programs are sure ways to increase your anxiety level and cause restless sleep.  Make sure you stay well hydrated, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, and stay clear of high fatty, processed foods.  Be good to your body!

4. Exercise – Yoga, Tai Chi, walking, swimming, jogging or playing sports are all excellent ways to increase energy, clear your mind, boost your metabolism, strengthen your body and improve circulation.

5. Seek the advice of your doctor – If you are experiencing physical symptoms that are incapacitating or seriously interfering with your daily and social life, you should seek medical attention.  Severe anxiety is a sign that what you are suffering from is a disorder.  You may need antidepressants to help you cope with your situation, or you may find that what you are suffering from is not anxiety, but another condition.

Remember, anxiety is not something that should be ignored.  Take care of yourself by eating well, relaxing and tell others about the way you feel.

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Pregnancy During Menopause- Can it happen?

Posted in Menopause on March 8th, 2007

Menopause is the time in a women’s life when her reproductive system shuts down and her reproducing days are over…or are they?  For some women, pregnancy is still a concern during menopause.  How is this possible?  There may be more than one factor that plays a role in the possibility.  For this reason, the best way to understand how pregnancy can occur in menopause is to understand what happens to a women’s body during this change of life.

For starters, menopause occurs when a women has gone 12 consecutive months without a period cycle.  The lack of menses is a sign that estrogen and progesterone production have stopped.  The ceasing of these hormones means that the ovaries will no longer produce eggs.  However, sometimes, even though a woman is menopausal, she may still produce enough estrogen for an egg to be implanted within the uterus lining.

The reason why hormone production can still occur is due to the fact that menopause is not characterized by a single event.  It is better described as a process that takes place over a few years.  Therefore, it is not unheard of for a woman to have fluctuating hormones for as many as five years after she becomes menopausal.  At any time during this five year period when hormones are unpredictable, it’s possible for a woman to become pregnant during menopause. 

Thus, if there is no other reason why a woman cannot become pregnant (I.E. previous hysterectomy or medical condition), she may want to consider talking to her doctor about birth control during menopause if pregnancy is a concern.

Women cannot become pregnant naturally when they are post menopausal (after they have completed menopause).  This is because they no longer produce the hormones that are required for menses to take place.  Women who believe they have become pregnant after menopause actually became pregnant during menopause because it is not possible to become pregnant without medical intervention after menopause.  It is simply impossible, because pregnancy can only occur if estrogen and progesterone are being produced.

Women who have experienced an early menopause (usually before the age of 45) and who had difficulty becoming pregnant or wished to start a family later on in life, can still become pregnant with hormone therapy during menopause and through an egg donation procedure after menopause.  However, it is important for women who are of an older reproducing age (I.E. 35 and up) to understand that there are certain risks involved in becoming pregnant. 

Women who become pregnant during menopause are at a greater risk for miscarriage, infection, hemorrhaging, embolisms, gastrointestinal diabetes and developing hypertension disorders.  In addition, strokes, seizures and eclampsia are also risk factors for older pregnant women.  Furthermore, medical research has discovered that 40 year old women put themselves at high risk of developing these health conditions if they become pregnant, and the risk grows even higher with each passing year after 40.

As you can see, although it is rare for a woman to become pregnant during menopause, it is plausible.  That being said, pregnant menopausal women need to be kept under the watchful eye of their doctor to protect the health of the expectant mother and the heath of her unborn fetus.

Keep in mind that while a women can become pregnant during menopause this is a rare occurrence.  Therefore, despite what you may read in magazine articles or online, if you have concerns about becoming pregnant, or suspect that you are pregnant the best person to speak with for advice is your doctor or gynecologist.

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Can Acupuncture Help Control Menopause Symptoms?

Posted in Menopause on February 22nd, 2007

The treatment for migraines and other menopause symptoms is not the same in every part of the world.  Different cultures have different medicine practices and beliefs.  However, it is interesting to note that the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, is becoming a popular therapeutic method in Western culture to treat a variety of psychological and physical conditions including menopause.

TCM views menopause as the time in a woman’s life when her body shuts down her natural monthly reproductive cycle because she can no longer reproduce.  However, it is believed that her body stops menses to conserve her qi (body life energy), so as she ages she can retain all of her resources. 

Unlike women in western culture, for most women in the East, menopause is rather uneventful.  It is thought the reasons for this is because Western women lead a more fast-paced, stress-ridden lifestyle, and tend to consume poorer diets.  Thus, as a result, women in Western culture tend to experience far more intense menopausal symptoms than their sisters in the East.

Despite the real causes of menopausal symptoms, the fact remains that Traditional Chinese Medicine does not consider menopause to be a syndrome.  The thought is that women suffering through menopause have a variety of qi problems such as constrained liver qi and kidney yin deficiency.  In other words, their qi is imbalanced and is wreaking havoc on their mind and body.

Thus, the goal of TCM is to uniquely treat each woman based on her specific symptoms.  This means that different techniques aside from acupuncture may also be suggested, such as Chinese herbs, lifestyle or dietary changes and exercises - all of which are used to help restore balance to the body.

How does acupuncture work?  Acupuncture is based on the belief that there are approximately 2000 acupuncture points (trigger points) throughout the body.  These trigger points are linked to one another via a group of 20 different meridians (pathways).  Meridians are responsible for conducting qi between the surface of the body and the internal organs.  Qi has a specific affect on each point it passes through.  When qi properly flows throughout the meridians and all its points, it maintains a healthy balance in the mind and body.

During an acupuncture treatment for menopause, an acupuncture therapist will help a woman bring balance back to her body by focusing treatment on the trigger points related to her symptoms.  Only some trigger points are used, and will vary depending on the symptoms.  Thus, every menopausal woman is treated individually based on her problem.

Acupuncture is administered through the use of tiny, solid needles that are inserted into the targeted trigger points.  The purpose of the needles is to help stimulate the meridians to encourage qi production.  This might mean needles could be inserted into the shoulders, arms, legs or even the feet.  If inserted properly, needles shouldn’t cause pain or bleeding; however, their may be slight discomfort or a tingling or numbing sensation which fades fast.  Treatment is often very relaxing, and sessions usually last for 30 minutes.

Does acupuncture benefit menopause?  Yes.  Research has found that most women who participated in different acupuncture studies found relief from menopausal symptoms including:
• Hot flashes
• Insomnia
• Stress
• Anxiety
• Vaginal dryness

If you are interested in using acupuncture for alternative or complimentary treatment to ease menopause symptoms, it is imperative that you visit a qualified and experienced acupuncture therapist, in order to realistically determine if this method is an effective treatment option for you.  

Remember, no two women are treated the same, and acupuncture therapy is often long term, ongoing treatment.

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Menopause Migraine- Breaking the cycle

Posted in Menopause on February 15th, 2007

Hypnosis may be effective in relieving some menopause symptoms, but when it comes to treating and preventing menopause migraines, women who experience this unpleasant symptom will likely require other remedies.

Unfortunately, severe headaches and migraines are quite common in perimenopausal and menopausal women.  A migraine is the wickedest form of a headache, and is one of the worst menopause symptoms that can be suffered.  A migraine can be so painful and intense that it can incapacitate its victim and spoil days of their life at a time. 

What causes migraines to occur during menopause? 

Psychological Factors include: emotional distress; anxiety; stress; overworking; fatigue.  If these factors are allowed to spin out of control, it can cause chemical imbalances in your brain which can have an affect on the functioning of the body, resulting in a migraine.   These migraines are generally brought on by stress and are often alleviated when stress is reduced.

Physical Factors include: hormone imbalance; medication; genetics. 
Physical factors are far more likely to be the cause of a menopause migraine than psychological factors.  The reason is because many believe the drop in estrogen hormone is the main culprit behind migraines and headaches.  When hormones fluctuate they cause the brain’s blood vessels to overreact which can lead to a headache or migraine.  Thus, as estrogen levels decline, it is a likely migraines will occur more frequently and with greater intensity.

What are the signs and symptoms of migraines?

Migraine with aura symptoms: The aura may begin anywhere from 15-60 minutes prior to the headache and cause -
• Visual distortion – IE zig zags, flashing light, color variations, complete loss of vision
• Pain around one eye that is accompanied by tingling or numbness in the surrounding area

Migraine without aura symptoms – This is the more common migraine experience and can cause –
• Unusual sensations
• Scalp tenderness
• Irritability
• Double vision; blind spots; seeing zig zag; partial blindness in a single eye
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Nausea and/or vomiting
• Pounding or throbbing head pain
• Sensitivity to sound and/or light
• Paralysis on one side of the face

All symptoms generally subside after the cessation of the migraine.  However sensitivity to sound and smell, and a feeling of weakness and loss of appetite, may linger during migraine recovery.

How long can a migraine last?  Anywhere from a few hours (3 or more hours) to a few days (3 or more days)

How can you treat migraines?
• Medication – some over-the-counter medications can provide migraine relief.  However, depending on the severity of the migraine, some women may require prescription pills.  Furthermore, migraine medication should be taken when first signs appear.  Usually, a fully developed migraine will not respond to medication.
Note:  talk to your doctor about your migraines and ask for medication recommendation

• Solitude – Seek the quiet comfort of a dark, cool room, lie down, and close your eyes.  You may also want to try relaxation or meditative techniques that focus your mind on a positive image or thought to help relieve pain.

How can you prevent menopause migraines? 

Reduce stress – If you are overworked, anxious, or suffering emotional distress you need to find ways to alleviate stress.   Take breaks and enjoy time to yourself - relax.

Exercise – Exercise helps improve circulation, mood and reduces stress.  Walking, swimming, or engaging in Yoga, are ideas you can explore.

Watch your diet – make sure you are eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of water, fruits and vegetables.  Limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol and preservative foods, all of which can contribute to migraines.

Get proper sleep – Restful sleep is important for bodily health and balance.

Hormonal therapy – If your menopause migraines are not stress related, ask your doctor about taking hormonal therapy to increase estrogen levels to achieve hormonal balance.

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Is Hypnosis an Effective Menopause Remedy?

Posted in Menopause on February 8th, 2007

Exercise can help keep your body strong and healthy and alleviate menopause symptoms.  However, for some women experiencing menopause, although exercise may help improve or prevent symptoms, it isn’t always the best menopause remedy when it comes to relieving the sudden onset of a symptom such as a hot flash.  For this reason, many women are turning to hypnosis for relief.

What exactly is hypnosis?  It is an alternative therapy that allows a person to achieve a deep state of relaxation.  In this state, the person under hypnosis is able to suppress their conscious state of mind and tap into their subconscious, a part of the mind that is typically unavailable to us while we are awake.  In other words, hypnosis allows one to reach an enhanced state of awareness.

While in this special state of awareness, a person is presented with positive ideas, and concepts through talking, audio methods (IE. audio CD, music) or imagery, to promote psychological and/or physical healing or positive development.  This particular form of hypnosis is known as hypnotherapy.  Hypnotherapy may be self-directed (An individual puts themselves in a state of hypnosis for self-treatment), or it may be directed by another, usually someone skilled in hypnotherapy, such as psychotherapist.

What does hypnosis achieve?  During hypnosis when the body is released from the control of the conscious, breathing is slower and deeper, there is a drop in pulse rate and the metabolic rate lowers.  There are also changes in the hormonal channels and nervous pathways.  These changes cause the symptoms the person is feeling to fade into the background and become less acute as they naturally are during the conscious state. 

Does hypnosis work?  Yes.  Proper hypnosis is effective for most people (approximately 80%). The reason is because once a person puts their subconscious in control, the subconscious doesn’t know the difference between what is real or imagined.  Therefore, whatever is perceived by the subconscious is believed true, and the body reacts accordingly.

Of course, although most people are generally responsive to hypnosis, it usually takes a number of sessions before a person is able to experience effective results.  For this reason, many people often perform self-hypnosis in the comfort of their own home.

How can hypnosis improve menopause symptoms?  Hypnotherapy with the use of guided imagery can relieve just about any menopausal symptom (IE. stress, anxiety, insomnia, hot flashes, etc.) if performed correctly.  If you can put mind over matter, the mind can tell the body what it should and shouldn’t feel.  For instance -

Hot flashes –Estrogen plays a role in regulating the temperature in the brain.  When estrogen levels drop, the brain thinks the body is overheating, and goes into emergency cool down mode which results in excessive sweating and releasing heat through the skin.  Due to the fact that hot flashes are clearly a malfunction of the brain, the mind can be used to influence the body by hypnotically cooling down hot flashes. 

To help a woman get her menopausal symptoms under control during hypnosis, imagery may be used.  For example, in her subconscious state, a woman could be prompted to imagine a control room full of valves, switches, and dials, all of which represents balancing her hormones and controlling her menopausal symptoms.  All she needs to do is find the right dial or switch, related to her symptom (IE the “cool down” dial) and adjust it to the proper setting. 

Before engaging in self hypnosis as a menopause remedy, you should first seek treatment from a trained professional so you know what the treatment feels like and how to perform it.  You can try finding a hypnotherapist by asking a health care provider, looking in the yellow pages, or search for a local hypnotherapy clinic or hypnotherapist online, by using your city name and “hypnotherapy” as keywords in your search.

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Why Exercise Really Can Provide Menopause Relief

Posted in Menopause on February 1st, 2007

Aromatherapy isn’t the only alternative remedy for menopause symptoms.  Believe it or not, but exercise is also a great way to gain menopause relief from unwanted symptoms. Exercise helps you reduce stress, loose and regulate your weight, feel good about yourself, and improve your overall physical and mental wellbeing. 

It becomes easier for women to gain wait during menopause due to a slow down in metabolism and the fluctuations or hormones that can increase hunger.  Weight gain can actually make menopause symptoms worse.  Not only that, but did you know that menopausal women who don’t engage in regular exercise, and lead a sedentary lifestyle, are more likely to suffer from -
• Weak and stiff muscles
• Poor circulation
• Insomnia
• Chronic fatigue
• Chronic back pain
• Shortness of breath
• Loss of bone mass
• Depression

In addition, physically inactive women put themselves at a higher risk of developing serious medical conditions including -
• High blood pressure
• Obesity
• Diabetes
• Osteoporosis
• Coronary heart disease
• Cancer

By simply engaging in a regular exercise routine, you can dramatically reduce your chances of developing the above physical and psychological symptoms and conditions.

What are other benefits does exercise offer menopausal women?

Increase in bone mass - When our bodies remain inactive, we lose bone mass, increasing the risk of osteoporosis; a condition that is already a high risk factor for menopausal women due to the fact that their body not longer produces estrogen.  However, just because an inactive woman may be suffering from loss of bone mass doesn’t mean she can’t do something about it.

Scientific studies have found that exercise encourages the rebuilding of bone mass.  In fact, engaging in regular, moderate endurance exercises such as walking or jogging can help rebuild bone mass and preserve it, reducing the risk of future fractures.  How is this possible?  Exercise stimulates the cells that generate new bone to work excessively.

Improvement of hot flashes – Some research suggests that exercise may in fact increase estrogen levels which decreases the intensity of hot flashes

Reduction of mood swings – Exercise boosts your energy and can give you a sense of empowerment and control simply by improving your mood.  The positive effect that exercise has on a person’s state of mind can be attributed to the release of endorphins that occurs during physical activity.  Endorphins are the body’s “happy” hormones that also act as a painkiller when the body is injured.

The following are exercises that help to improve menopausal symptoms:
• Endurance exercises – As was previously mentioned these exercises help to build bone mass and include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, aerobics, etc.
• Strength training – This type of exercise is designed to use resistance (IE weights, resistance bands, etc.) to help a person lose excess body fat, increase metabolism, and improve and maintain the strength of their muscles.  If you are interested in this type of exercise, it’s a good idea to be taught by a qualified trainer.
• Yoga – This is an extremely beneficial exercise to both the mind and body.  Yoga can provide energy and balance to a menopausal woman, which is something she may desperately need if her bodily changes are making her feel out of sorts.  Yoga also gently stretches every muscle in the body which improves blood circulation, provides oxygenation to all tissues and cells and allows the body to fully relax.  It’s a good idea to go to a Yoga class to receive proper instruction before going it alone.

Always remember to talk to you doctor before engaging in any vigorous exercise regimen as a means of menopause relief.  Also make sure that you ease into your exercise routine and only increase your endurance when your body has become accustomed to the new physical activity.

If you would like more information on alternative methods of menopause relief, please visit Natural Menopause Relief Secrets or browse through the rest of the blog.

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Menopause Help with Aromatherapy

Posted in Menopause on January 25th, 2007

Many women who experience perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms are finding relief through aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy is an alternative treatment, which offers menopause help and is very pleasurable to the senses. It can induce positive side effects that help us cope with both psychological and physical ailments.  Studies have found that essential oils have chemical components (IE. Esters, alcohols, aldehydes, terpenes, etc) that can produce specific effects on both the body and mind.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to stimulate the power of our sense of smell.  Certain aromas affect our moods and emotions and can have a significant impact on the way we feel.  Many believe that smell is detected when it enters through the fine hairs that line the nose, known as the cilia, and travels to the limbic system.  The limbic system is the area of the brain that has control over our emotions, mood, memory and learning.

How can aromatherapy specifically help menopausal symptoms?  Aromatherapy has been known to provide relief for a number of menopause hormone-related symptoms including mood swings, hot flashes, headaches and disruptive sleep.  The following is a list of menopausal symptoms and some of the essential oils that are considered beneficial for treating each:

• Overall hormone balance: sage; roman chamomile; geranium; fennel
• Hot Flashes:  peppermint
                      Massage oil: lemon; sage; clary sage; geranium.
• Headaches: lavender; marjoram
• Mood Swings: lavender; linden; cypress; patchouli
• Vaginal dryness and irritation: tea tree; geranium
• Insomnia: lavender; linden blossom; violet; dill; sandalwood; chamomile; oregano; neroli; mandarin; valerian
• Fatigue: lavender; violet; white thyme; Spanish sage; rose; pimento; oregano; ginger; nutmeg; pine
• Depression: bergamot; nutmeg; clove; red thyme; ylang ylang; rose; Spanish sage
• Muscle spasms: carrot seed; lavender; jasmine; cinnamon; petitgrain
• Stress: carrot; Roman chamomile; lemongrass, neroli
• Anxiety: geranium; lavender; Spanish sage; German chamomile; coriander; vetivert; ylang ylang; rosewood; oregano; geranium; marjoram; frankincense
• Osteoporosis: Bath oil: chamomile; fennel; thyme; hyssop; lemon; ginger
                       Massage oil for joints: nutmeg; carrot; Roman chamomile; ginger 
• Loss of libido: rosewood; rose; myrtle; sandalwood; jasmine; celery; cumin
How to use aromatherapy – Aromatherapy is a safe alternative medicine.  You can burn it and have its scent fill the room, bathe in it, massage it into your skin, or wear it as a perfume.  You can enjoy the scents individually or combine them. Best off all; you can use it whenever you want, as often as you want.

However, make sure you follow these few rules before using aromatherapy treatment:
1. Read all instructions before using any product
2. Never apply essential oils directly to the skin unless the instructions explicitly say it is safe to do so.
3. Never ingest essential oils

Due to the fact that essential oils are powerful they can cause irritation. Therefore, the safest method is to dilute the essential oil in a bath, in an oil burner, or purchase it as massage oil.

What to consider when purchasing oils – Studies have found that the quality of the essential oils matter if they are being used for therapeutic purposes.  You should only purchase oils that state “pure essential oil” on the product.  Although this means you may have to pay more, it’s worth it.  You can find oils and burners at a variety of online stores and in local health stores.

Personalized aromatherapy – One of the great aspects about using aromatherapy to treat menopausal symptoms is you can create your own special scented treatment.  Purchase a journal and experiment with a variety of scents and aromatherapy methods to find out which ones you like the most and provide you with the best relief.  Write down how you respond to each scent to determine what the best aromatherapy treatment is for you. 

Finally, remember that if you are experiencing painful or chronic symptoms that are disrupting your life, seek medical attention for more menopause help.

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